Teaching English in Uruguay


Living in Uruguay Teaching English


Uruguay offers the perfect escape from fast-paced cities, with its beautiful coastlines, charming cities, and relaxed lifestyle. The cuisine is similar to that of other countries in the region, featuring big steaks and even bigger glasses of wine. Venture outside of the capital city, and chances are you will feel like the only foreigner in the country.

English teachers in Uruguay typically find teaching jobs start in February through March and again in July and August. Engish Instructors are expected to interview in person in Uruguay and are also responsible for airfare and housing. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with coworkers.

A solid hourly wage allows English teachers to live a comfortable lifestyle. Schools typically offer around 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore. English teachers do not need to have a bachelor’s degree to teach in Uruguay, but it is preferred. TEFL TESOL certification is required. Most teaching jobs are found in Montevideo, Canelones and other major cities throughout Uruguay.


English Teaching Requirements in Uruguay


  • Peak hiring months: February–March; July–August
  • Types of jobs: English language schools 
  • Typical hiring process: in-person interview in Uruguay
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20–25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
  • Types of students: business professionals
  • Cost of living per month: 400–600 USD; 8,500–12,800 UYU
  • Average monthly pay: 400–600 USD; 8,500–12,800 UYU
  • Start-up cost: 600–900 USD
  • Potential to save or break even: break even
  • Accommodation/housing benefits paid: no
  • Flight reimbursement: no


Interesting Facts About Life in Uruguay


  • Uruguay has the highest GDP per capita in Latin America.
  • In 2007, Uruguay became the first Latin American country to recognize same-sex civil unions at the national level.
  • Uruguay was the first country in Latin America to export software.
  • Uruguay won the first-ever FIFA World Cup in 1930.



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